Because He First Loved Us | Sarah Biggs
This week at Link Year we’ve had the privilege of having Mark Bo Thompson, Joe White, and Garrett Perkins speak to us about having an in depth understanding of the bible. On Monday, we got to hear Mark Bo Thompson speak on a question that sets us apart from everyone else: what is something I believe biblically that no one else believes with? He also gave us examples of how to really dig into the Word and find answers to our own questions. On Tuesday, we got to hear Joe White speak on delighting in God’s word. For this, we got to open up Psalm 1:
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seats of scoffers; but his delight is in the light of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruits in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish."
On Wednesday and Thursday, we got to hear Garrett Perkins speak on a basic overview of the bible. He touched based on how he feels so often we see the bible as a bunch of random stories or just a book of moral value. The bible’s purpose is the proclamation and glorification of King Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through Him.
As we’re getting into the Christmas season, we have been talking about giving at The Fort, a Wednesday night worship session along with a sermon that we attend. This has honestly really stirred up my emotions and convictions as I was shown this week how selfish I can be.
Jesus freely gave. He never gave out of the question or response, “What do they deserve", or “Hmm, whoever works for me will receive this and that." I think if we tried to get all of our good deeds on a list and showed it to Jesus, it would look like a horrible mess. We are, in our own nature, broken sinners who need someone to shower us with grace, freedom, and love. Jesus never came to us out of obligation or a sense of “duty”, but out of delight. He didn’t have to do this, but He decided to because He loves. With His resources, light, and power, He decided to love us. He wants us to know how much He loves us through the bible and how He graciously gave to us.
Let that be the heartbeat behind why we give and study the Word. It’s because someone first loved us and gave us His life so that we may be cleansed spiritually- so we may have everlasting life. Let your Christmas rejoice over a Savior who came so he could serve us, love us, and be with us.